It was a play added to the Washington Wizards' offense a day earlier, and it was drawn up for a guy, Paul Pierce, who's been doing this sort of thing for the better part of two decades.
With three defenders near him, Pierce made a fallaway, 21-foot jumper that went in off the backboard at the buzzer to lift the Wizards over the visiting Atlanta Hawks 103-101 on Saturday night, despite playing without John Wall and after letting a 21-point lead evaporate.
As he left the court after giving the Wizards a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal series, Pierce was asked on TV whether he called "Bank!" on the winner.
"I called, 'Game!' " Pierce declared.
He had more fun at his news conference.
"Usually," Pierce said, "I like to save those type of shots for later rounds."
Told that Dennis Schroder, one of the Hawks who tried in vain to disrupt the game-winner, called it "a lucky shot," Pierce chuckled. Then, referring to his lengthy career, Pierce retorted: "Well, I guess Schroder is going to say that, because he's a little young. … He hasn't been able to see it over the last 17 years."
Pierce is 37, and he has a nerve in his back that acts up from time to time, including in the first half Saturday. He won a championship with the Boston Celtics in 2008, and is well aware that time is running out on his career.
"I'm still soaking it up," Pierce said, "because I don't have too many more of these left."
Game 4 in the best-of-seven series is Monday night in Washington again.
The Wizards were missing Wall, their All-Star point guard, for a second consecutive game because of a broken left hand, but it was the Hawks who seemed out of sorts most of the evening.
The Wizards led by 21 with less than 10 minutes left.
"We got comfortable," said Bradley Beal, who had 17 points and eight assists for Washington. "We thought the game was over."
But the Hawks' small lineup of little-used reserves made things interesting. A 17-0 run got the visitors within three points with less than 3:30 left.
And Mike Muscala's three-pointer with 14.1 seconds left tied it.
But Pierce came through as the clock hit zero.
"Took my time. You know, wanted to make sure I got the shot off with no time on the clock," Pierce said. "I've been in those situations many times."
Memphis 99, Golden State 89: Steve Kerr says his Warriors are going through a learning process as a young team. And the Grizzlies are using their hefty postseason experience to make the lesson as painful as possible.
Zach Randolph scored 22 points and Marc Gasol added 21 points and 15 rebounds as the Grizzlies beat the visiting Warriors to take a 2-1 lead in their Western Conference semifinal.
"This was a huge win for our franchise, a huge win for our team," Memphis coach Dave Joerger said. "The crowd was fantastic."
Mike Conley and Courtney Lee both finished with 11 points for Memphis, which has yet to lose this postseason with Conley in the lineup.
MVP Stephen Curry finished with 23 points for Golden State but was 8-for-21 from the field, including 2-for-10 on three-pointers. Klay Thompson had 20 points and Harrison Barnes 16.
"I have to play better for us to win games, especially on the road," Curry said. "I hold myself to a high standard. I haven't reached it yet. So looking forward to the challenge of getting that level in Game 4, setting the tone and [it] could be a different outcome."
For a second consecutive game, the Grizzlies made the Warriors look nothing like the team that was the NBA's best home or away during the regular season. The Warriors missed seven straight threes during one stretch, several on wide-open looks, and the Grizzlies harassed them into a handful of ugly turnovers.
The Warriors went just 6-for-26 from three-point range, tying their season low of 23.1 percent, and 19-for-28 at the free throw line.
"They're learning," Kerr, a first-year coach, said of his Warriors. "It's part of the process. You see teams go through this all the time in the playoffs. It's the only way to figure it out, to go through the pain of losing a game like tonight."
The Grizzlies improved to 7-2 overall in Game 3s since 2011 and 6-1 when playing that game at home.
"We understand what our strengths are and, of course, at the end of games we're not going to panic," Gasol said.